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Trivia: Sega Superstars
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  • Doing It for the Art: Tennis was meant to be a Sonic-only game, but Sumo believed it would be more interesting to use various SEGA franchises. And as their philosophy to recreating some games which haven't been seen in a long time is 'what you remember most about them', this results in a TON of fanservice and attention to detail. While they admit they do keep turning a profit in mind, they also look at what franchises can bring to the table to create a fun and memorable game.
    • And both fans and SEGA have been impressed by their passion; it was reported that when the team showed their recreation track of Skies of Arcadia in Transformed to the game's original producer, she came close to tears due to how faithful and nostalgic the result was.
  • Screwed by the Network: Since Samba de Amigo relied heavily on licensed music, tracks were limited for the stages in the racing games. In the first All-Stars Racing, the songs consisted of ones done by Bellini and Wave Master (the latter being Sega's in-house composing team). Most of Bellini's music was never in a Samba de Amigo game, and one of Wave Master's songs only appeared in the Japanese only Mission Pack Sequel. Transformed removed the Bellini songs altogether.

    Sega Superstars Tennis 
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Ryan Drummond is replaced as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog by Jason Griffith, following the recasting of the Sonic the Hedgehog characters with the 4Kids/Sonic X cast in 2005.
    • Beat, who now has the voice of a 12-year-old boy.
  • What Could Have Been: The game originally started off as a Wii version of Virtua Tennis. Sumo Digital made the game more cute to appeal to the casual audience. However, it didn't look right. When SEGA saw this, they recommended they made the game around Sonic. While Sumo liked this idea and agreed, they also suggested looking at including characters from all of SEGA's IPs. And the rest is history.
    • Likewise, Svend "Dreadknux" Jocelynde of the Sonic Stadium wrote a story behind the game, which was also scrapped. His treatment stated that Eggman entered the tournament in order to benefit his plans for world domination, others wanted fame or objects of value to them, while the main Sonic cast (minus Eggman) just want to stop Eggman.

    Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing 

    Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed 
  • Ascended Meme: The Spy occasionally does the Spycrab atop his plane if you are doing well in the race.
  • Dummied Out: The PC-exclusive characters Team Fortress, Shogun and Football Manager still have a lot of their files in the console versions.
    • Billy Hatcher can also be found on the disc, but in an unfinished state.
  • Executive Meddling: Adding Simon Lane to the game was entirely a Sega decision after they put the game (and Napoleon Total War) in the Humble Bundle tying in with Yogscast's annual charity drive. The meddling part came when Sumo, realizing how much of a Base Breaker the character would be, tried to suggest they release one of the poll winners for the tie-in instead; Sega vetoed them down, as they absolutely insisted on Simon. They eventually compromised by releasing the character as paid DLC instead of a mandatory free update A. because of the base breaking factor and B. so that all profits go to charity.
  • Fandom Nod:
    • The Pyro pilots the team's car, essentially making him a literal Pyrocar.
    • Ralph asks the age-old question the fans have been asking since way back in Sonic Drift: "Why does Sonic need a car?".
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Cortez is now doing commentary for Racing? Maybe it's an objective for a Time Crystal.
    • Dai Tabuchi, the voice-actor of Shogun, is the same voice-actor of the advisor who yells "SHAMEFUR DISPRAY!". He also did the voices of Admiral A-Qira from Battalion Wars.
    • Takenobu Mitsuyoshi is reported to play the role as the game's commentator for the Japanese version. He's known to composing as well as singing in most of SEGA games, including DAYTONAAAAAAAAAAA.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The various tracks are displayed on floating islands.
    • The Mii's All Star Move is based on Find Mii/Street Pass Quest.
    • All Star themes sources:
      • Sonic: The version of "Reach for the Stars" used for Super Sonic in Sonic Colors (Wii version).
      • Shadow: An extended version of the song which plays during his transformation into Super Shadow in Shadow the Hedgehog.
      • Knuckles and Amy: Their theme songs from Sonic Adventure.
      • Tails: The invincibility theme from Sonic Adventure.
      • Dr. Eggman: His theme song from Sonic Adventure 2, "E.G.G.M.A.N."
      • Vyse: "Sudden Storm", the theme that plays whenever Rhaknam is encountered.
      • Beat: A portion of "Grace and Glory".
      • Gum: A portion of "Let Mom Sleep".
      • NiGHTS: A portion of "Message from Nightopia".
      • Reala: A portion of Wizeman's theme, "D'Force Master".
      • BD Joe: An instrumental remix of The Offspring's "All I Want", which played in the title screen of Crazy Taxi.
      • Avatar: A jingle heard in the Avatar marketplace as of the November 2010 dashboard update.
      • Metal Sonic: His boss theme from Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II.
      • Ralph: The 0:25-0:40 part of "Life in the Arcade", the track playing during Ralph's Opening Narration in Wreck-It Ralph.
      • Amigo: "Mambo de Verano".
      • MeeMee: The bonus stage music from Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz.
      • Gillius: The battlefield theme from Golden Axe.
      • Alex Kidd: The main theme from Miracle World.
      • Team Fortress: The main theme from Team Fortress 2.
      • Joe Musashi: "Patience", the opening theme from the PS2 Shinobi game.
      • AGES: The "City 202" music from After Burner.
      • Shogun: A portion of "Good Death", one of the battle themes in Total War Shogun 2.
      • Ulala: A portion of "The Reporter from Space Channel 5".
      • Pudding: A portion of "Guitar Showdown" from Space Channel 5: Part 2.
      • General Winter: The Ominous Russian Chanting of "Don't Weep, That Time Has Passed" from Company of Heroes 2 (and we mean only the chanting, which was extracted seperately from the original source music for this game).
      • Mii: This very game's matchmaking music, for some reason.
      • Danica Patrick and Football Manager: Original music, because Danica is a real-life person and Football Manager has literally no music to speak of.
    • Shadow's car is emablazoned with the GUN logo.
    • Word of God confirmed Tails' vehicle is based on his Sonic Drift 2 car.
    • Stickers named for Sega games;
    • Stickers named after something within other Sega games:
      • Spin Dash Explanation 
      • Team Sonic Explanation 
      • Buzz Bomber Explanation 
      • Newtron Explanation 
      • Tornado Explanation 
      • Drift More Explanation 
      • Welcome To Victory Lane Explanation 
      • The King of Speed Explanation 
      • Vyse The Legend Explanation 
      • Pirate's Wrath Explanation 
      • De Rol Le Credits Explanation 
      • You Got The Horn Explanation 
      • Justice Shot Explanation 
      • Link Chain Explanation 
      • Race Leader Explanation 
      • Parts Shop Explanation 
      • Arrow of Light Explanation 
      • Triple A Explanation 
      • Sega Saturn Shiro Explanation 
      • Speed Shoes Explanation 
      • Dream DelightExplanation 
      • Monkey TargetExplanation 
      • Humming the BasslineExplanation 
      • Like a ButterflyExplanation 
      • Super ParalooperExplanation 
      • Rise From Your GraveExplanation 
      • Chao Down, Chao GardenerExplanation 
      • Scrap BrainExplanation 
      • Time Extenstion Explanation 
      • Super Sonic Racer Explanation 
      • Ax Battler Explanation 
      • Edelweiss Explanation 
      • Fall Out! Explanation 
      • Glide Wing Explanation 
      • Legend of the Streets Explanation 
      • Meteor Strike Explanation 
      • You're Doing Great! Explanation 
      • Shoot! Shoot! Shoot! Explanation 
    • Stickers named after miscellaneous Sega concepts:
      • Mega Jet Explanation 
      • Nomad Explanation 
      • Genesis Explanation 
      • To Be This Good, Takes AGES Explanation 
      • Blast Processing Explanation 
      • System Master Explanation 
      • Menacer Explanation 
    • Stickers making multiple references to Sega games & concepts:
      • Welcome To The Fantasy Zone Explanation 
    • Stickers named after non-Sega concepts:
      • SUMO Wrestled Explanation 
      • Yokozuna Explanation 
      • Zui Quan Explanation 
      • Miles Per Hour note 
      • Pioneer Explanation 
    • AGES takes three forms: the race car from Daytona USA, the F-14 Tomcat from After Burner, and a speedboat that resembles a Dreamcast controller.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose & Shadow all have new voice actors following the majority of the Sonic the Hedgehog characters being recast after the first All-Stars Racing was released in 2010.
    • Vyse manages to avert this trope whilst playing it straight at the same time - Christopher Sullivan reprises his role from the original game over a decade earlier; replacing Roger Craig Smith, who had voiced Vyse during his cameo in Valkyria Chronicles.
    • Wreck-It Ralph and Pyro, Heavy, and Spy sound a bit... off.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • A Daytona USA track was considered (specifically Three Seven Speedway), but was scrapped as SUMO realised it wouldn't take advantage of the transformation mechanic, and was subsequently replaced with an OutRun track.
    • Sony were approached about Sackboy making an appearance in the same vein as the Team Fortress 2 classes, but refused to loan him out as Sackboy had his own kart racer coming out two weeks beforehand.
    • A Virtual-ON character made it to the modeling phase, but was shot down from the game due to "ownership issues".
    • Orta made it to the shortlist, but concerns arose about vehicle concepts with wings clipping through other characters and she was dropped.
    • Billy Hatcher was planned, but was dropped because SUMO couldn't decide on a design for his car. Time ran out and they were forced to not include him. It is said that his incomplete files exist on the game's disc. In hindsight, this would explain why he doesn't even have a cameo in neither Race of Ages alongside the other removed racers of the previous game nor in the track of his game alongside his friends.
    • SUMO also considered Sakura Shinguuji, but in their own words, "with the tone of the game we’re making, and considering the type of vehicle it would probably need was already covered elsewhere, [we] decided against it this time."
    • Had Sonic Colors not been created, Word of God states the space themed track would have been either Space Channel 5 or Phantasy Star Online.
    • The executive developer stated that had they asked Nintendo for an exclusive character for the Wii U version of the game, his personal choice would have been Kirby.
    • Classic Sonic was considered, complete with concept art and vehicle designs. However, SEGA said no to Sumo because they didn't want Classic Sonic to appear alongside Sonic in a game without a specific time travel explanation.
    • Aika was on the original shortlist, but because she lacked a model for the crew to go from unlike other secondary characters such as Pudding and Reala (since they were in Sega Superstars Tennis) she was cut.
    • They considered adding Bayonetta in the retail roster, but she was later cut because they couldn't keep her in-character and still keep the rating at E10+/7+. And even though she did come in 4th place on the DLC poll, it's unlikely that she will be added as DLC, due to the reasons she was cut from the retail roster.
    • Illustrated sticker sets similar to the ones for Jet Set Radio were made for NiGHTS, Skies of Arcadia, and Burning Rangers, but ultimately fell to the wayside.
    • The Yogscast DLC character was going to be a number of the Yogscast crew crowded in a single vehicle ala the Ant Hill Mob. This was amended to just Simon Lane for unknown reasons.
  • Sonic Team is the only division of SEGA to have an IP included in every GP of the game.note 

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